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University of the South
African politics, HIV/AIDS, global health, health policy in Africa, Ebola, donors and health in Africa, Zambia, Ghana
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My research and publications focus on global health politics, and particularly, the role of African governments and local-level organizations in responding to health issues. I have conducted fieldwork in Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, and Senegal, focusing on health issues like AIDS, Ebola, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancers, and tobacco control efforts. I have examined mobilization by community-based organizations and religious organizations to advocate on AIDS. I have written on the interactions between community organizations and international donors, and the ways that power and resistance shape those relationships. I have examined the implementation of global AIDS and NCD policies at the local level. My research interrogates local power relations, as well as the intersection between African domestic politics and international health policies. In the process, I emphasize the ways that African governments and individuals exhibits agency in the international system.

Recent Publications

Africa and Global Health Governance: Domestic Politics and International Structures (forthcoming; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)

Dependent Agency in the Global Health Regime: Local African Responses to Donor AIDS Efforts. New York: Palgrave, 2017 (co-authored with Emma-Louise Anderson)

“Training Professionals, Eroding Relationships: Donors, AIDS Care, and Development in Urban Zambia.” Journal of International Development 28 (2016): 827-844.

“Mobilizing the Faithful: Organizational Autonomy, Visionary Pastors and Citizenship in South Africa and Zambia.”  African Affairs 115 (2016): 318-344. (with Tracy Kuperus)

 The Politics and Anti-Politics of Social Movements: Religion and AIDS in Africa. New York: Routledge, 2015. (co-edited with Marian Burchardt and Louisa Mubanda Rasmussen)

“Engaging Therapeutic Citizenship and Clientship: Untangling Reasons for Therapeutic Pacifism among People Living with HIV in Urban Zambia.” Global Public Health August (2015): 1-14.

“Religion and the Rise of Africa.” Brown Journal of World Affairs 21, 1 (2014): 181-200.

“Pastors as Leaders in Africa’s Religion HIV/AIDS Mobilization: Cases from Ghana and Zambia.” Canadian Journal of African Studies 47, 2 (2013): 207-226.

 The Church and AIDS in Africa: The Politics of Ambiguity. Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, 2011.

The Politics of AIDS in Africa. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006.

Media Coverage

“When the U.S. Funds Global Health, Other Countries Do Too.” Washington Post, March 21, 2017.

“Two Years Ago, Ebola Became a Public Health Emergency. Here Are 5 Lessons for Fighting Zika.” Washington Post, August 8, 2016.

“Here’s Why the WHO Responded So Differently to Zika and Ebola.” Monkey Cage, Washington Post, April 4, 2016.

Country Focus
Zambia, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania

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